Smuggler’s Notch 2012 Travelogue, Part II

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Cannonball Contest

His first jump sends pool water up a geyser’s height. His second jump nearly soaks the MC.

His third jump barely ripples the water.

He swims to me oblivious of his loss.

Mountainside Pool
at night even lifeguards
wear sweats


Moose Trail

The path leads through thick woods. Maple trees and pines enclose us from Route 108 and the greenways of cross-country trails.

Wooden-plank bridges resembling crate pallets cross dry creek beds. Whatever moose may have come in the past, none appear today.

across the trail
scampering through sunlight
one chipmunk


Wine Tasting at Boyden Valley Vineyard

The Red River-Bend has a smooth and strong flavor. The others manage to be sweet and tart at the same time. A few sips, and Mira is almost tipsy.

Outside, we lounge on plastic Adirondack chairs on the lawn in front of “The Barn.” Mount Mansfield rises like a camel hump from the Boyden Valley floor.

growing down
a gentle green hill
new vineyard


next: Read Smuggler’s Notch 2012 Travelogue, Part III

previous: Read Smuggler’s Notch 2012 Travelogue, Part I



photography by Sarah Babineau


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Frank J. Tassone

Frank J. Tassone lives in New York City's "back yard" with his wife and son. He fell in love with writing after he wrote his first short story at age 12 and his first poem in high school. He began writing haiku and haibun seriously in the 2000s. His haikai poetry has appeared in Failed Haiku, Cattails, Haibun Today, Contemporary Haibun Online, Contemporary Haibun, The Haiku Foundation and Haiku Society of America member anthologies. He is a contributing poet for the online literary journal Image Curve, and a performance poet with Rockland Poets. When he's not writing, Frank works as a special education high school teacher in the Bronx. When he's not working or writing, he enjoys time with his family, meditation, hiking, practicing tai chi and geeking out to Star Wars, Marvel Cinema and any other Sci-Fi/Fantasy film and TV worth seeing.

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